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CNN has uncovered exclusive new information about CIA and BENGHAZI

Exclusive: Dozens of CIA operatives on the ground during Benghazi attack – The Lead with Jake Tapper - CNN.com Blogs

CNN has uncovered exclusive new information about what is allegedly happening at the CIA, in the wake of the deadly Benghazi terror attack.

Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the assault by armed militants last September 11 in eastern Libya.

Sources now tell CNN dozens of people working for the CIA were on the ground that night, and that the agency is going to great lengths to make sure whatever it was doing, remains a secret.

CNN has learned the CIA is involved in what one source calls an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy agency's Benghazi secrets from ever leaking out.

Read: Analysis: CIA role in Benghazi underreported

Since January, some CIA operatives involved in the agency's missions in Libya, have been subjected to frequent, even monthly polygraph examinations, according to a source with deep inside knowledge of the agency's workings.

The goal of the questioning, according to sources, is to find out if anyone is talking to the media or Congress.

It is being described as pure intimidation, with the threat that any unauthorized CIA employee who leaks information could face the end of his or her career.

In exclusive communications obtained by CNN, one insider writes, "You don't jeopardize yourself, you jeopardize your family as well."

Another says, "You have no idea the amount of pressure being brought to bear on anyone with knowledge of this operation."

"Agency employees typically are polygraphed every three to four years. Never more than that," said former CIA operative and CNN analyst Robert Baer.

In other words, the rate of the kind of polygraphs alleged by sources is rare.

"If somebody is being polygraphed every month, or every two months it's called an issue polygraph, and that means that the polygraph division suspects something, or they're looking for something, or they're on a fishing expedition. But it's absolutely not routine at all to be polygraphed monthly, or bi-monthly," said Baer.

CIA spokesman Dean Boyd asserted in a statement that the agency has been open with Congress.

"The CIA has worked closely with its oversight committees to provide them with an extraordinary amount of information related to the attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi," the statement said.

"CIA employees are always free to speak to Congress if they want," the statement continued. "The CIA enabled all officers involved in Benghazi the opportunity to meet with Congress. We are not aware of any CIA employee who has experienced retaliation, including any non-routine security procedures, or who has been prevented from sharing a concern with Congress about the Benghazi incident."

Among the many secrets still yet to be told about the Benghazi mission, is just how many Americans were there the night of the attack.

A source now tells CNN that number was 35, with as many as seven wounded, some seriously.

While it is still not known how many of them were CIA, a source tells CNN that 21 Americans were working in the building known as the annex, believed to be run by the agency.

The lack of information and pressure to silence CIA operatives is disturbing to U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, whose district includes CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

"I think it is a form of a cover-up, and I think it's an attempt to push it under the rug, and I think the American people are feeling the same way," said the Republican.

"We should have the people who were on the scene come in, testify under oath, do it publicly, and lay it out. And there really isn't any national security issue involved with regards to that," he said.

Wolf has repeatedly gone to the House floor, asking for a select committee to be set-up, a Watergate-style probe involving several intelligence committee investigators assigned to get to the bottom of the failures that took place in Benghazi, and find out just what the State Department and CIA were doing there.

More than 150 fellow Republican members of Congress have signed his request, and just this week eight Republicans sent a letter to the new head of the FBI, James Comey, asking that he brief Congress within 30 days.

Read: White House releases 100 pages of Benghazi e-mails

In the aftermath of the attack, Wolf said he was contacted by people closely tied with CIA operatives and contractors who wanted to talk.

Then suddenly, there was silence.

"Initially they were not afraid to come forward. They wanted the opportunity, and they wanted to be subpoenaed, because if you're subpoenaed, it sort of protects you, you're forced to come before Congress. Now that's all changed," said Wolf.

Lawmakers also want to about know the weapons in Libya, and what happened to them.

Speculation on Capitol Hill has included the possibility the U.S. agencies operating in Benghazi were secretly helping to move surface-to-air missiles out of Libya, through Turkey, and into the hands of Syrian rebels.

It is clear that two U.S. agencies were operating in Benghazi, one was the State Department, and the other was the CIA.

The State Department told CNN in an e-mail that it was only helping the new Libyan government destroy weapons deemed "damaged, aged or too unsafe retain," and that it was not involved in any transfer of weapons to other countries.

But the State Department also clearly told CNN, they "can't speak for any other agencies."

The CIA would not comment on whether it was involved in the transfer of any weapons.

Programming note: Was there a political cover up surrounding the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans? Watch a CNN special investigation — The Truth About Benghazi, Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET.
by on Aug. 1, 2013 at 11:40 PM
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Friday
by HRH of MJ on Aug. 2, 2013 at 2:20 PM
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Quoting JoshRachelsMAMA:

I would've posted the story currently being reported by Fox, but then you would've said "oh, it's fox".

So please, spare me the drama. Have anything useful to add?


Quoting Friday:


Quoting DestinyHLewis:

I find it amazing CNN is now on board. 

I find it amazing that the channel often called Communist or Clinton News Network is suddenly credible when it supports the Rights POV.

No, I find ALL cable news to be useless.

What qualifies as useful? I think this admin failed, in this and many other ways, but I don't buy the gun running cover up any more than I buy the conspiracy theories that floated around when Dubya was in office.

If any actual evidence, beside an anon source says, comes out I will review it and reconsider my opinion.

I'm no fan of Obama but the crap is getting ridiculous.

 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

Friday
by HRH of MJ on Aug. 2, 2013 at 2:22 PM
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Quoting Carpy:

So tell me, how many other embassy attacks have resulted in the blatant lies and cover-ups that we see with Benghazi?

Quoting RandRMomma:

My opinion isn't sad. You don't know how I actually feel about Benghazi. So, you really shouldn't assume.



Quoting Carpy:

The sad thing is, you are serious.








Now, my opinion is, yes, they need to set up and independent investigation, not select congressional candidate committees.






Quoting RandRMomma:

I find the hooblah over Benghazi to be very hypocritical. Where was all of the hooblah during other embassy attacks down through the years?

I don't recall seeing anything about any embassy attacks when Dubya was in office. When anything like that did come up it was written off as part of being at war.

 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

JoshRachelsMAMA
by JRM on Aug. 2, 2013 at 2:53 PM
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I don't buy into theories either. But it's not like they haven't involved themselves (govt in gen) in gun running before.

I just want the shit to be fully investigated and whatever is being covered up or not be brought to the surface.


Quoting Friday:


Quoting JoshRachelsMAMA:

I would've posted the story currently being reported by Fox, but then you would've said "oh, it's fox".



So please, spare me the drama. Have anything useful to add?




Quoting Friday:


Quoting DestinyHLewis:

I find it amazing CNN is now on board. 

I find it amazing that the channel often called Communist or Clinton News Network is suddenly credible when it supports the Rights POV.

No, I find ALL cable news to be useless.

What qualifies as useful? I think this admin failed, in this and many other ways, but I don't buy the gun running cover up any more than I buy the conspiracy theories that floated around when Dubya was in office.

If any actual evidence, beside an anon source says, comes out I will review it and reconsider my opinion.

I'm no fan of Obama but the crap is getting ridiculous.

Friday
by HRH of MJ on Aug. 2, 2013 at 3:13 PM
1 mom liked this


Quoting JoshRachelsMAMA:

I don't buy into theories either. But it's not like they haven't involved themselves (govt in gen) in gun running before.

I just want the shit to be fully investigated and whatever is being covered up or not be brought to the surface.


Quoting Friday:


Quoting JoshRachelsMAMA:

I would've posted the story currently being reported by Fox, but then you would've said "oh, it's fox".



So please, spare me the drama. Have anything useful to add?




Quoting Friday:


Quoting DestinyHLewis:

I find it amazing CNN is now on board. 

I find it amazing that the channel often called Communist or Clinton News Network is suddenly credible when it supports the Rights POV.

No, I find ALL cable news to be useless.

What qualifies as useful? I think this admin failed, in this and many other ways, but I don't buy the gun running cover up any more than I buy the conspiracy theories that floated around when Dubya was in office.

If any actual evidence, beside an anon source says, comes out I will review it and reconsider my opinion.

I'm no fan of Obama but the crap is getting ridiculous.

Honestly, it wouldn't surprise me, our govt is full of crap no matter which side holds the reins.

Didn't I read that McCain wants us to arm the rebels in Syria? When will we learn? Every time we support the enemy of our enemy, they DON'T turn out to be our friends.

ETA: I agree that it should be investigated but not by Issa(I really dislike him, he's the reason we ended up with the Governator, blech) or any other partisan hack, find an independent group to handle it.

 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

Carpy
by Ruby Member on Aug. 2, 2013 at 4:43 PM
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Perhaps because they were engaged in illegal activities under the direct of the Obama administration? Just a guess.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:



Quote:

 Sources now tell CNN dozens of people working for the CIA were on the ground that night, and that the agency is going to great lengths to make sure whatever it was doing, remains a secret.

CNN has learned the CIA is involved in what one source calls an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy agency's Benghazi secrets from ever leaking out.

Read: Analysis: CIA role in Benghazi underreported



You mean our SPY agency is trying to keep what they were doing QUIET?


No freakin way...


Why ever would they do that.....



 

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Aug. 2, 2013 at 4:53 PM

 Perhaps? so we are guessing now?

The CIA involved in shady secret missions that cannot be brought to light,,,,hmmm

In another EXCLUSIVE

CNN is reporting that WATER is wet - BREAKING tonight at 11:00

Quoting Carpy:

Perhaps because they were engaged in illegal activities under the direct of the Obama administration? Just a guess.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:



Quote:

 Sources now tell CNN dozens of people working for the CIA were on the ground that night, and that the agency is going to great lengths to make sure whatever it was doing, remains a secret.

CNN has learned the CIA is involved in what one source calls an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy agency's Benghazi secrets from ever leaking out.

Read: Analysis: CIA role in Benghazi underreported



You mean our SPY agency is trying to keep what they were doing QUIET?


No freakin way...


Why ever would they do that.....



 

 

JoshRachelsMAMA
by JRM on Aug. 2, 2013 at 5:10 PM
McCain smells of back door handshaking on that one.

Independent?! Got to laugh. Rare these days. Ya know?


Quoting Friday:


Quoting JoshRachelsMAMA:

I don't buy into theories either. But it's not like they haven't involved themselves (govt in gen) in gun running before.



I just want the shit to be fully investigated and whatever is being covered up or not be brought to the surface.




Quoting Friday:


Quoting JoshRachelsMAMA:

I would've posted the story currently being reported by Fox, but then you would've said "oh, it's fox".





So please, spare me the drama. Have anything useful to add?






Quoting Friday:


Quoting DestinyHLewis:

I find it amazing CNN is now on board. 

I find it amazing that the channel often called Communist or Clinton News Network is suddenly credible when it supports the Rights POV.

No, I find ALL cable news to be useless.

What qualifies as useful? I think this admin failed, in this and many other ways, but I don't buy the gun running cover up any more than I buy the conspiracy theories that floated around when Dubya was in office.

If any actual evidence, beside an anon source says, comes out I will review it and reconsider my opinion.

I'm no fan of Obama but the crap is getting ridiculous.

Honestly, it wouldn't surprise me, our govt is full of crap no matter which side holds the reins.

Didn't I read that McCain wants us to arm the rebels in Syria? When will we learn? Every time we support the enemy of our enemy, they DON'T turn out to be our friends.

ETA: I agree that it should be investigated but not by Issa(I really dislike him, he's the reason we ended up with the Governator, blech) or any other partisan hack, find an independent group to handle it.

JoshRachelsMAMA
by JRM on Aug. 2, 2013 at 5:12 PM
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And George Zimmerman wiped his ass with only one piece of toilet paper.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 Perhaps? so we are guessing now?


The CIA involved in shady secret missions that cannot be brought to light,,,,hmmm


In another EXCLUSIVE


CNN is reporting that WATER is wet - BREAKING tonight at 11:00


Quoting Carpy:

Perhaps because they were engaged in illegal activities under the direct of the Obama administration? Just a guess.


Quoting sweet-a-kins:





Quote:

 Sources now tell CNN dozens of people working for the CIA were on the ground that night, and that the agency is going to great lengths to make sure whatever it was doing, remains a secret.

CNN has learned the CIA is involved in what one source calls an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy agency's Benghazi secrets from ever leaking out.

Read: Analysis: CIA role in Benghazi underreported




You mean our SPY agency is trying to keep what they were doing QUIET?



No freakin way...



Why ever would they do that.....




 


 

yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Aug. 2, 2013 at 5:14 PM
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Quoting Goodwoman614:

I think you meant CLINTON had plenty of intel.
sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Aug. 2, 2013 at 6:08 PM
No, she meant Bush

He was POTUS and had the intel (that Clinton didnt have) from that August brief

Plus what info Clinton had

And he did what?

Vacation time


Quoting yourspecialkid:

Quoting Goodwoman614:








I think you meant CLINTON had plenty of intel.
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